Mental Health for Older People (8AOK090)

Mental Health for Older People (8AOK090)

Level ~ Graduate Certificate
Availability ~ All teaching periods
Type ~ Older

This unit introduces the mental health of older people.  This includes the key elements of ageing, and the changes experienced when old and very old and its impact on the personal ecology and the inter-relationship changes.

Positive ageing and the support of improved outcomes for the older person are also explored, and the key focus on work and professional practice and inter-professional collaboration.

This is a knowledge module and involves independent study and the completion of assessments which will involve undertaking two quizzes.

For Term dates, see the Academic Calendar.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Examine and explore mental health, wellness and positive ageing in those over 65 years residing in Australia, and for those over 50 years  for Aboriginal people, considering biopsychosocial changes and focussing upon improving their outcomes.
  • Define and describe the dynamic nature, changes and tensions of the persons biopsychosocial environment and personal ecology for old and very old people living with mental ill-health, including the impacts and potential outcomes and inter-relationship changes.


Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Mental health and ageing
Week 2 Personal ecology
Week 3 Impact of ageing
Week 4 Living at a very old age
Week 5 Challenges for the very old and mental health